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'Being out of work and in seclusion when you suffer from depression is awful'


Support: Ryan White

Support: Ryan White

Support: Ryan White

Ryan White (23), from Antrim, was told he was no longer needed on his first day in a new job due to the impact of Covid-19.

"I worked for a company called Camden Group in Antrim for about a year-and-a-half, where I was a team leader. The company makes glass, as well as PVC windows, doors and panels.

I then got a job in Belfast and then was in a car crash and wrote the car off. I couldn't get to work from where I live in Antrim.

I was then in touch with the Prince's Trust, which was helping me to get on a security programme, so that I could get a licence to work in security. I was in the second week of that when I got a phone call from my old boss asking me would I like to come back to help out again at Camden Group, and I agreed to that.

I really jumped at the opportunity, went in on Monday, and had to do an induction about 12pm. Then someone from HR came down and said: 'Look Ryan, due to current situation with Covid-19, we're going to have to let you go.'

That was just before lockdown when nobody knew about the 80% furlough. So I was disappointed as I had been keen to get back into work, but they apologised to me. But the Prince's Trust has really helped me a lot. I'm now getting Universal Credit. But I'm fed up with not working. I've struggled with mental health.

Being out of work and secluded in house is awful, especially when you suffer from depression and anxiety as I do. Work has taken me out of the house.

I'm living with my mum Angela, who's working in Antrim Area Hospital. I also have a son Archie, who's two-and-a-half, and it helps me that I can get to see him more."

Belfast Telegraph